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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: CH-10
Corporate Name: Jake Higginbotham
Local Name:
Owner Name: Jake Higginbotham
Location: Precinct 2 or 3, 1880 Census
County: Chambers
Years in Operation: 19 years
Start Year: 1878
End Year: 1896
Decades: 1870-1879,1880-1889,1890-1899
Period of Operation: 1879 to 1896
Town: Unknown
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: Unknown
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: 8-horsepower steam engine (1880)
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 
Capacity Comments: Unknown
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Circular sawmill
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: None
Historicial Development: The 8-horsepower steam sawmill of Jake Higginbotham ran 6.5 months during the census year ending May 31, 1880. During that time it employed five hands (two children under the age of sixteen) and operated on an eight hour day. Wages paid averaged from $1.00 to $2.50 per day, and the Higginbotham paid $400 in wages during the year. The mill did all its own logging. Higginbotham had $1000 invested in the mill. He logged in the vicinity of Turtle Bayou and shipped his product down the Bayou to Galveston Bay. Higginbotham still operated the mill at Turtle Bayou in 1896, when in that year he dismantled and moved it to Wallisville or San Jacinto.
Research Date: JKG 9-22-93, MCJ 04-02-96
Prepared By: J. Gerland, M Johnson